Indigenous Partnerships Team Leader
Elizabeth (Libby) Evans-Illidge leads the Indigenous Partnerships team at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). She has worked on and around the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait for 40 years across research interests that include biodiscovery and chemical ecology of marine sponges, aquaculture development in remote Indigenous communities, marine monitoring with Indigenous rangers, and other science-Indigenous collaborations. From the perspective of a non-Indigenous marine scientist, Libby brings experience in learning from and working with Traditional Owners to find synergies amongst sea-country aspirations, knowledge, capacity, and science priorities. She and her team will help RRAP researchers develop relationships with Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners and implement appropriate Traditional Owner engagement plans. Through her additional role as Research Director of AIMS@JCU (a strategic alliance between AIMS and James Cook University for higher degree research training) Libby will also help facilitate post-graduate student projects within RRAP.